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It's a Gift (1923)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  14 October 1923 (USA)
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A group of oil magnates are trying to think of new ways to attract business. One of them suggests that they contact the inventor Pollard, who has devised a new gasoline substitute. Pollard ... See full summary »

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A group of oil magnates are trying to think of new ways to attract business. One of them suggests that they contact the inventor Pollard, who has devised a new gasoline substitute. Pollard himself lives in a home filled with his eccentric inventions. When he gets the message from the oil company, he is excited about the opportunity to demonstrate his innovation. Written by Snow Leopard

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Snub Pollard's most inventive film

This is the most inventive that I have seen of Snub Pollard's solo films (he often appeared in early Harold Lloyd one and two reelers.) Snub plays an inventor who has discovered a gasoline substitute which he is called upon to demonstrate. The first part of the film consists of his awakening, breakfasting and dressing with the aid of many labour-saving inventions, reminiscent of some of Buster Keaton's work. He then travels by "Magnet Car", a bullet shaped single-seater powered by a huge hand-held horseshoe magnet which Snub uses to attract other cars going his way. A number of funny mishaps occur. Finally the gas substitute causes a number of automobiles to crash and explode and the inventor escapes by causing his magnet car to sprout wings and take to the air. Not a masterpiece, but an amusing and inventive comedy, well worth seeing.


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